TL; DR: PM-PO Delta, Lead-Squad Protocol — Food for Agile Thought #264
Welcome to the 264th edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 27,603 peers. This week, we delve into the PM-PO delta, the difference between product managers and Product Owners. We also revisit the Agile Manifesto’s notion that working software is the primary measure of progress, and we learn how to avoid becoming a lonesome servant leader.
We then come back to critical issues of the practical use of user stories; we create an evidence-based Product Backlog, and we consider quitting saying ’no‘ but asking a question instead when it comes to prioritizing the Product Backlog.
Lastly, we applaud Crisp for sharing the Lead-Squad Protocol, a lightweight attempt to align several teams collaborating on joint projects, products, or initiatives.
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🏆 The Tip of the Week: PM-PO Delta
📺 Product Managers and Product Owners: What’s the Difference?:
Teresa Torres delves into the difference between product managers and Product Owners and how all of this relates to product discovery.
Agile & Scrum
(via Crisp): The Lead-Squad Protocol
Christophe Achouiantz introduces the Lead-Squad Protocol, a lightweight attempt to align several teams collaborating on joint projects, products, or initiatives.
Ron Jeffries revisits the Agile Manifesto’s notion that working software is the primary measure of progress.
(via InfoQ): The Lonely Servant Leader
Nick Loe tells his story of how he avoided becoming “The Lonely Servant Leader.”
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Product & Lean
Lithespeed): 📺 20 Questions: User Stories(via
Lisa Mabli addresses critical issues of the practical use of user stories.
Mind The Product): Evidence-Based Product Backlogs(via
In this video, John Pagonis shares his experience of creating an evidence-based Product Backlog.
(via Brainmates): Prioritise your Product Backlog with one simple question
Marco Tebaldi advocates quitting saying ’no‘ but asking a question instead.
📯 Why Agile Turns into Micromanagement
You guessed right: it is time for a rant and short “checklist” to get the discussion going in your organization.
Agile turns into micromanagement as a result of the middle management’s resistance to change. Despite better knowledge, changing an organization into a learning one that embraces experimentation and failure is not in everybody’s best interest. Self-organizing, empowered teams often conflict with the middle management’s drive to execute personal agendas, self-preservation being one of them.
Learn more: Why Agile Turns into Micromanagement.
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